A sales windfall
A number of vendors at Tanah Abang also disregarded the officials’ warnings.
“The surge of customers last weekend has brought substantially more revenue than Idul Fitri last year, when the market was closed following concerns over Covid-19 transmission,” said one vendor who does not wish to be identified.
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“I also made more profits than selling online, which I was forced to resort to when business slowed down since last year.” The vendor was just as blasé about health protocols as Amir and Farizky.
“I often see customers drop by without masks to my kiosk and elsewhere in Tanah Abang market. They only wear them when there are security.”
(Writers: Tria Sutrisna, Ihsanuddin, Tria Sutrisna, Rosy Dewi Arianti Saptoyo | Editors: Egidius Patnistik, Jessi Carina, Sabrina Asril, Inggried Dwi Wedhaswary)
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